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Research Shared

As summer shone its brightest in the weeks before term started, RE staff from Edge Hill were busy sharing the findings of their research.

Waqaus at the Fundamental British Values Conference
Waqaus at the Fundamental British Values Conference

Prof. Vini Lander along with Dr Francis Farrell organised a Day conference for Edge Hill staff on Fundamental British Values – a key part of the government’s education agenda.  The day, which took a critical look at the topic included contributions from our friends Lynn Revell, David Aldridge and Waqaus Ali as well as Francis’ own research with teenagers about their perceptions of British Values.

David at the Fundamental British Values Conference
David at the Fundamental British Values Conference

Meanwhile Maggie Webster led a workshop at the European Educational Research Conference 2015 which was held at Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary.  The workshop explored the benefits and challenges of utilising digital technologies to gather data using, for example, email interviewing, synchronous and asynchronous focus groups on closed social networking sites and participant observation in second life communities.  Francis Farrell’s paper on  Practitioner Subjectivity Within Urban Free Schools was also presented at the same conference.

Maggie at BERA
Maggie at BERA

The following week saw the British Educational Research Association conference in Belfast.  Here Maggie presented on her research into A Transitional Integrated Approach to Teacher
Career Paths.  Paul Smalley was also at the BERA conference and presented papers on his research into Lesson Study in England.

Paul at BERA
Paul at BERA

These contributions along with recent publications by Francis in  Gender and Education  and Journal of Education & Training and Paul in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality demonstrate the growing research reputation of the RE team at Edge Hill.

Conferences Galore

Members of the RE team at Edge Hill have been busy presenting the findings of their research at conferences up and down the country.  Paul has presented his work on Using Twitter  with undergraduates at the SOLSTICE conference at Edge Hill.  At the CLIS Conference at Edge Hill Francis presented some of the early findings of his investigation into the attitudes and perceptions of boys in Skelmersdale and Maggie shared a paper on Learning through the socail media site Second Life.  Paul has also presented some collaborative work with Emma McVittie, on Using Guided Imagery to develop Spirituality at the International Childrens’ Spirituality Conference at UEA and the AULRE conference at St. Mary’s Twickenham.